Man charged after allegedly acting as unauthorized immigration consultant

Immigration Matter

A man has been charged with acting as an immigration consultant without being authorized as well as encouraging refugee claimants to misrepresent the facts on applications to remain in Canada.

Francois Teasdale appeared in court in Montreal on Monday after being originally charged on Dec. 5 last under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

According to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Teasdale is alleged to have provided immigration advice for compensation without being authorized to do so between Aug. 19, 2015 and Nov. 16, 2017. He is also alleged to have knowingly counselled people to make misrepresentations to the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Refugee Protection Division.

A CBSA spokesman he said it appears that several refugee claimants may have acted on Teasdale’s advice.

In Canada, any person providing immigration advice, counselling, assistance or representation must be certified by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

Teasdale’s case returns to court in March.